Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family, give thanks and adorn our homes with fun, festive and often hand-made decor. From pilgrims to pumpkins and from turning leaves to turkeys, there’s a cornucopia of bright and beautiful Thanksgiving crafts to do. Mother and lifelong crafter Dacia Hanson shares her favorite ideas for fun, beautiful and easy Thanksgiving crafts that you can create with your children. Enjoy the glow of a fall leaf luminary, “upcycle” and repurpose an old book into a “book pumpkin” or create a fall leaf turkey, mod Mayflower or nature notecards.
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Dacia Hanson is a mother, lifelong crafter and Seattle native. She also writes the blog The Biblio Diva, is the owner of the Old Renton Book Exchange and hosts a weekly crafting circle called Crafternoon™ every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at the bookstore. Hanson loves to reimagine crafts that are easy and enjoyable for the entire family. She’s delighted to share her ideas for fun, beautiful Thanksgiving crafts to create with your children.
Fall Leaf Luminary
“I love this one because it has two parts and it’s really fun and easy! All you need are some mason jars, some mod podge, sand, leaves and some tea lights or votive candles. First, go hunting for the prettiest leaves – try picking the most brightly colored ones for this project. The next step is lots of messy fun: just slather your mason jars with mod podge and glue the leaves to the outside of the jars, smoothing down the edges. After the leaves are dried onto the jar, fill the bottom of the jar with sand, nestle in your candle and put only a ring lid on the jar so the candle won’t get snuffed out.”
“It wouldn’t be one of my crafts if I didn’t upcycle an old book. This one is really easy and quick: just take an old paperback book that isn’t too thick and remove the covers and first pages, cutting the text block into a “D” shape. Once the pages are fanned out, you’ll have your pumpkin shape. Have the kiddies paint the edges of the paper, glue the ends of the pumpkin together, add a little stick and raffia for a “stem” and it’s done! It’s super adorable and looks really sophisticated when finished.”
Fall Leaf Turkey
“This is a fun twist on a classic Thanksgiving craft for kids! Make a construction paper turkey body and add its tail with fall leaves. This one takes just minutes: cut two circles out of construction paper, draw a little face on the small one, glue the leaves down first and top them with the paper circles. Then add legs with a crayon and you’re done!”
“I love this craft and it’s really fun to do with kids. You’ll need to use the scissors, but kids can help with the assembly. Cut off the bottom of a cup, cut two slits with the tip of your scissors at the center edge of the cup and place the cup, bottom side up, into the center of a cup holder. Cut two paper rectangles per boat to make sails and then cut two tiny slits at the center of each sail at the top and bottom. Push stirrers through the slits, add a paper flag to the top of each mast and finish by pushing the sticks into the slits in the cup.”
“Look in the backyard for a round or oval leaf. Lightly paint one side of the leaf with orange poster paint and then press the leaf onto the bottom half of a sheet of construction paper. Carefully remove it afterward and with a small paintbrush, add a stem. Let the paint dry and then fold the paper in half. Use the finished project as Thanksgiving notepaper.”
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